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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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JPR books 2015 Siggraph press luncheon   

JPR books 2015 Siggraph press luncheon  

The annual event returns to JR Marriott LA Live with a theme of new workflows for Getting Virtual Jon Peddie Research (JPR) is again presenting its annual Siggraph press luncheon. This year Siggraph returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and JPR will be next door at JR Marriott LA Live on August 12, 2015. […]

Abstraction of Olympic motions wins Siggraph 2015 Computer Animation Festival Best of Show

Abstraction of Olympic motions wins Siggraph 2015 Computer Animation Festival Best of Show

Winners in 10 categories announced for 42th annual edition of the festival. Oscar winners often show up here first. Best in Show for the Siggraph 2015 Computer Animation Festival goes to Citius, Altius, Fortius, a mesmerizing exploration of abstract motion created by using data from original footage of athletes in Olympic competition. Ten categories are […]

KeyCreator updates Direct CAD module

KeyCreator updates Direct CAD module

Updates to Validation Tool and ECO Manager are also available. The new update to Kubotek USA KeyCreator 2015 adds new featured to its Direct CAD module for dynamic modeling and editing. The release also includes an optional 2D/Drawing Translator package for the import and editing of native CAD drawing file formats, and other improvements throughout […]

Review: Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Review: Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Powerhouse workstation gives excellent, balanced, top-end performance.   By Alex Herrera Boxx may not be a Tier 1 worksta­tion supplier by a measure of unit vol­ume, but Boxx certainly qualifies as top-tier when it comes to the performance and quality of its workstation products. Boxx is a supplier of workstation-class products to professional markets. It’s […]

V-Ray for 3ds Max update supports Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear

V-Ray for 3ds Max update supports Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear

The update also enhances GPU ray tracing and volume rendering. Chaos Group is getting on the virtual reality (VR) bandwagon in a big way, starting with its update of V-Ray for Autodesk 3ds Max. Version 3.2 adds VR rendering capabilities and multiple V-Ray GPU ray tracing enhancements. This free update—now available—also includes improved volume rendering, […]

NPower introduces new reverse engineering software for SolidWorks

NPower introduces new reverse engineering software for SolidWorks

Power Surfacing RE bridges the gap between scanned mesh data and NURBS-based SolidWorks geometry. NPower Software today announces the release of new reverse engineering software based on its Power Surfacing technology. Power Surfacing RE is an add-in reverse engineering (RE) product for SolidWorks for reverse engineering scanned meshes, other mesh data, and SolidWorks geometry within […]

Kung Fury rocks the 80s action movie genre with heavy CG

Kung Fury rocks the 80s action movie genre with heavy CG

David Sandberg scooped up $630,000 on Kickstarter and put together a hilarious short film in Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max. Please forgive me, I’m laughing as I write about Kung Fury, a new online movie that premiered recently at Cannes. I’m not laughing at the artistry or the technology, which are both top notch, but […]

SPEC extends workstation benchmark to virtualization

SPEC extends workstation benchmark to virtualization

More than 30 potential workload scenarios are tested, including CPU, graphics, and memory bandwidth. The SPEC Workstation Performance Characterization Group (SPECwpc) has released an updated benchmark that extends performance measurement from physical to virtualized workstation configurations. The new SPECwpc V1.2 benchmark measures all key aspects of workstation performance based on diverse professional applications. The ability […]

Aveva adds to steel fabrication portfolio

Aveva adds to steel fabrication portfolio

FabTrol provides automated estimating and bid preparation for steel design. Plant design software specialist Aveva has agreed to acquire FabTrol Systems, Inc. of Eugene, Oregon. Aveva will add FabTrol’s software for steel design estimating and bid preparation to its Aveva Everything 3D suite. Terms of the deal were not announced.   Aveva says FabTrol software is “a […]

Hoops Exchange adds Parasolid integration

Hoops Exchange adds Parasolid integration

Native support allows software using Exchange to import models without translation. Tech Soft 3D has added low-level integration of the Parasolid modeling kernel to its Hoops Exchange CAD file translation toolkit available to software vendors. The new integration makes it possible for software developers to treat files from Parasolid-based products as native data, imported without […]